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Proposed Information Collection Activity: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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AGENCY:

Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments for information needed for reinstatement of Government Life Insurance and/or Total Disability Income provision.

DATES:

Written comments and recommendations on the proposed collection of information should be received on or before November 15, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Submit written comments on the collection of information to Nancy J. Kessinger, Veterans Benefits Administration (20M35), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 or e-mail irmnkess@vba.va.gov. Please refer to “OMB Control No. 2900-0011” in any correspondence.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nancy J. Kessinger at (202) 273-7079 or fax (202) 275-5947.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the PRA of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3501-21), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. This request for comment is being made pursuant to section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA.

With respect to the following collection of information, VBA invites comments on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of VBA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of VBA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology.

Title: Application for Reinstatement, VA Form 29-352 (Insurance Lapsed for more than 6 months) and VA Form 29-353 (Non-medical Comparative Health Statement).

OMB Control Number: 2900-0011.

Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

Abstract: Forms are used to apply for reinstatement of insurance and/or TDIP that has lapsed for more than six months. The information is used to establish eligibility of the applicant for the purpose of reinstatement.

Affected Public: Individuals or households.

Estimated Annual Burden: 875 hours.

VA Form 29-352: 500 hours.

VA Form 29-353: 375 hours.

Estimated Average Burden Per Respondent: 35 minutes.

VA Form 29-352: 20 minutes.

VA Form 29-353: 15 minutes.

Frequency of Response: On occasion.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,000.

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Dated: September 1, 2004.

By direction of the Secretary.

Loise Russell,

Director, Records Management Service.

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[FR Doc. 04-20753 Filed 9-14-04; 8:45 am]

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